True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

4.6
2447 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen in Palo Alto is currently open with dine-in and carry-out service. As always, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our guests by following the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2447 people are saying
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ElizabethL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quick and attentive… the good was delicious abs met the needs of everyone in our group from a carnivore to a vegan.

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MarthaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Turkey burger was very bland. Overall overpriced for what you receive.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodating, delicious, great atmosphere, all at a reasonable price.

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vipParagS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, healthy, convenient, delicious, RECOMMENDING TO ALL!

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RabbitL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love their food! So fresh and delicious. Nice services too. My only complaints are 1. App order is a bit confusing after I chose receipt by text/email. There’s no where for me to go back. I just stuck on that page. 2. It’s pricey.

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kenr
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had the hummus appetizer and the baked fish main course. Hummus was excellent. Fish was way over cooked and pricey.

I have eaten here before and had the beef tacos. The beef was the consistency of leather.

Best stick to the vegetarian dishes.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Kenr, Thank you for your review and feedback on your recent dining experience. I want to start by apologizing our food was not up to our True Food Kitchen standards. I would like to invite you back in for second chance in making this right for you. Feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience in setting up a reservation. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5157

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AshV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am an avid visitor of True Food. I find the food to be overpriced but the quality and taste of their food preparations are JUST SIMPLE AMAZING. I took my family who was visiting from out of town and they simply loved what they ordered. My family asked me what I usually get or recommend and my answer was "their menu changes all the time" which is something I love about this place. I'd highly recommend it.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Ash, Thank you do much for your feedback and your review. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoy True Food Kitchen, and we look forward to your visits to come. Please feel free to ask for me next time I would be more than happy to treat you to a complementary dessert. Best wishes, Jerry

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nabut
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food here. It is fresh, creative, and not too heavy. It's healthy.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Nabut, Thank you for your five-star review! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed our fresh and healthy menu. We look forward in having you back at our table soon. Best wishes, Jerry

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vipEllynjd
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the butternut squash soup. As a dairy-free, gluten-free gal, going to True Foods is like going to Disneyworld... so many options that are not only nutritious and workable for my diet, but (drum roll) DELICIOUS!

Our server, Nick or Mick (wasn't sure I got it right because of his mask) was an incredible server. He was very personable, helpful and encouraging about what to choose from the menu. Would have invited him to join us if he could have taken the time. A really great guy as well as server.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Ellynjd, Thank you so much for your five-star review! Here at True Food Kitchen, we take lots of pride in every dish we create along with great service I’m happy to hear we were able to deliver on our standard for you. I’m happy to also hear that nick was able to guide your through our menu and made a memorable impression of our concept. We look forward in seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Jerry

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Vegetarian
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & excellent service. Good choices & options for a vegetarian who has a dairy & gluten free diet.

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KimmieV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food! Perfect place to get a few options to share

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vipRoyY
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service as usual.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Roy, Thank you for your five-star review! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy our food along with service. We look for in having your back at our table soon! Best wishes, Jerry

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vipBella
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Noise inside at lunch is deafening, headache-inducing!
I would recommend friends not book inside at prime times.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Belle, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience with us. I also want to apologize for the noise in our open kitchen concept. Feel free to reach out to me on your visit with us, I would be more then happy to seat you and your guest at a less noisy area. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5751

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!!

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Simbasmom
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Knowledgeable staff know what’s in the food so I can avoid my allergies

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vipRonJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice, pleasant outside atmosphere given the shopping mall location. Good service. Annoying, though, that the first bill belonged to someone else and the second one contained a spendy item we did not order.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 3 days ago

Hi RonJ, Thank you for the 4 star review. Hopefully we were able to fix your bill for you and if not please don't hesitate to call us so we can fix this ASAP. Hopefully we see you at our table again soon!

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IreneT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I normally love True Foods but some of our food was cold ( with a congealed layer on top of my husband's curry-style dish) and poor quality fish on our poke bowls. So disappointing as usually high quality. The waiter was very kind and ran after us to give my daughter her forgotten phone.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Irene, I am deeply sorry your food did not meet our high quality standards. I will pass this information along to our head chef, as I am baffled you experienced this. Please contact me back, as I would love to personally help you and make up for your experience. I would truly love to reestablish your relationship with us. best wishes, Jerry (650) 272-5157

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff cared about specials that were offered. I feel pretty happy with their customer service. I trust their management and their work ethic. The food is healthy and meticulously prepared. I think the atmosphere is calm with some modern energy.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the great and kind review. Kindness is greatly appreciated in the service industry and we appreciate you for supporting us.

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StephanieW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive but not intrusive service! Food yummy, fresh, healthy and perfect temperature!

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Stephanie, We are so blessed with an amazing staff, and I am very glad you enjoyed our service. We hope to see you again! best wishes, Jerry

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ValerieA
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Healthy yet very flavorful. Loved the cauliflower, hummus & Brussels sprouts. Sitting outside is OK but you feel like you’re right in the middle of people walking through the mall

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Valerie, Thank you for visiting us! I am so sorry you did not enjoy your experience on the patio. We hope to see you back again, and please do not hesitate to ask your server, or our hosts, to seat you inside. best wishes, Jerry

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SuwarnaG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our time here. Food is very good and Ambience is good.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hello Suwarna, thank you for taking the time in sharing your dining experience with us, so glad to hear you and your guest enjoyed our food and ambiance. We look forward in seeing you back at our table soon. Best wishes, Jerry

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RajulP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Excellent food with the most terrible service we have encountered ever even considering the pandemic. The servers were clueless, not helpful, took forever and even messed up our bill with someone else’s in the end.
We like this place because of the healthy and tasty food options and we frequent it often. But we will seriously consider going back given the poor service there.

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KennethS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Small portions and overpriced. We ordered the smallest chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream ever! Totally not worth it.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hello Kenneth, thank you for sharing your experience on your last visit. I want to apologize that our desserts did not meet your expectations. Please contact me directly as I would like to make this right for you on your next visit. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5157

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vipwendy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a bad experience with a server with my last visit. One of the managers reached out and was determined to make things right. I mainly let them know so that person would be properly trained and not be allowed to treat customers so poorly. But Janet and Elijah went above and beyond to take care of us and show us how much they care about their customers. The food here is amazing and always has been. It’s wonderful to know that the management here is responsive and cares about their customers. Thank you for all you do!

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hello Wendy, thank you for your review and giving us a second chance in making it right for you and your family. I’m happy to hear Elijah and Janet took great care of you. We look forward in having you back at our table soon. Best wishes, Jerry

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DavidH
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food as usual. The Restaurant WiFi is basically useless even for browsing the menu! I can never go on FB to post anything. Always end up turning off WiFi and use cellular signal which used to be non existent inside, but of course we sit in the patio

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lunch
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. The edamame dumpling appetizer is my favorite. Service was really slow, on a day that wasn't that busy. LOTS of shouting (loud shouting) from the kitchen staff. So much so, that we had to pause our conversation and wait until they were done shouting.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hello and thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. I want to also appogize for all the shouting in our open kitchen, our chef along with our kitchen staff are very passionate about our food and having it be brought to our guest hot and fresh. Feel free to contact me on your next visit and I would be happy to find a more quieter table for you and your guest. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5157

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smorr
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside so I can't evaluate the inside noise level. The food was delicious and the portions are large. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals: Seasonal salad (1 w/chicken, 1 w/tofu), Teriyaki bowl w/tofu, butternut risotto w/shrimp. They easily accommodated certain dietary restrictions. Several gluten-free items including gf vegan choc chip cookies for dessert. (Yum!) The waitstaff was knowledgeable and helpful. Outdoor tables have heat lamps next to them if needed. Indoor tables have been spaced further apart during COVID. I felt comfortable going inside to use the bathroom. We will definitely be going back!

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 21, 2021

Hi Smorr, Thank you for your 5 star review! I am so thrilled you felt safe during your visit. We have revised our restaurant to ensure the greatest safety for our guests. We can't wait to see you at our table soon! Best wishes, Jerry

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PrithaS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Healthy and tasty.

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RikkeJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

As usual the food, the transparent kitchen with the best ingredients, and presentation, amazing as usual. The service was surprisingly BAD. Probably just the one bad egg on the team.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love the food at TFK and the environment.
Spotless service was not available due to needing additional staff. Those that were there provided pleasant service but their was little follow up during the meal . Empty pates lingered and their was no request for additional drink or dessert.

It was appreciated that during these times we were able to go but it did not match pre-Covid times.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 21, 2021

Hi, I am so sorry our service did not meet your expectations alike, prior to covid. We strive to empower our team to leave lasting impressions and I am deeply sorry you did not feel that. Please reach out to me, and I would love to personally help you. best wishes, Jerry (650) 272-5157

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MarieY
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, and almost all dishes could be had gf with minimal changes. My only hesitation is that at least one dish (the lasagna, which tasted great) was too salty.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 21, 2021

Hi Marie, I am so glad your food met our expectations, as well as our ability to comply with different dietary specifications. I am sorry the lasagna was too salty, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We hope to see you again Best wishes, Jerry

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vipNinV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sometimes it's hard to decide whether to sit inside (where it's too noisy for folks with hearing issues) or outside (where the sun is too hot or the breeze is too chilly)!

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

Hello and thank you so much for your review! Please feel free to ask for me next time your are in, I want to make sure we sit you were you are most comfortable. Thank you for your continued support, I look forward in having you back soon! Best wishes, Jerry

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OpenTable Diner
Dubai
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, good food. I’ll definitely come back when I revisit Palo Alto. Just beware of the portions. Huge 😉

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

Hello and thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed our dishes, we look forward in your next visit! Best wishes, Jerry

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & great food!!!

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

We want to thank your for your five-star review! Happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. Best wishes, Jerry

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vipLaurieG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I like to change the ingredients on my orders. The servers and chefs were extremely accurate. Obviously, the servers were taking great notes when passing my orders along to the culinary team Drinks took a little too long to come out. Other than that, quite good.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

Hello Laurie, thank you so much for your review and feedback. I'm so happy we were able to accommodate to your request. I do want to apologize for the drinks taking long. On your next visit feel free to ask for me as I would be more then happy to take care of your drinks and make sure they are brought out on time. Best wishes, Jerry

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

They messed up our order twice, and ended up waiting for our food for an hour. The food was not as good ad before. The cauliflower were burnt, the avocado was not fresh. Also one of the plate was not clean with food on it.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

I want to start by apologizing for you recent experience and us not delivering on our standard for service and food quality. I would like to have then opportunity and turning this experience into a positive. Please contact me directly at the restaurant and want to take care of your next visit and walk you through our new fall/winter menu. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5157

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Zen4all
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Food quality and taste has declined. Butternut squash pizza was really pretty underwhelming

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The server was excellent, seemed all servers were very attentive. But this was our first visit to a True Food, are the kitchen ms always so loud? I felt nervous with all the yelling. I understand they want the kitchen staff to be upbeat and hard working but as a person dining I wasn’t a fan.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

Hello and thank you so much for your feedback on your recent dining experience. I want to apologize in making you feel nervous while dining with us, its' not how we want our guest feel. As we are on open kitchen it can get loud inside. I would like to invite you back and changing your experience around along with seating you in a more quiet area. Feel free to reach me for your next visit. Best wishes, Jerry 650-272-5157

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LibraEats
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love coming here. Feels good leaving after knowing I have eaten healthy and truly nourished my body.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your five-star review! Happy to hear you enjoy our menu along with making your body feel heathy and nourished. We look forward in having you back at our table soon! Best wishes, Jerry

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Nina
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service our server was wonderful! Food was outstanding

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto
Responded on September 16, 2021

Hello Nina, thank you for taking the time and sending us your review and dining experience. Makes us very happy to see our guest enjoying our healthy food. We look forward to your next visit with us and please nota as we did start our fall menu last week. Best wishes, Jerry

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 272-5157.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto is rated 4.6 stars by 2447 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.